8:20 am Chair’s Recap & Opening Remarks

8:30 am Collaborative Panel: Automating the Process of Cost Engineering: Integrated Systems for Workflow Efficiency


• Building a software infrastructure customised to your business that integrates with your cost engineering process
• Improving the project lifecycle management to stay interconnected through one database
• Developing stable results that answer speculations early on using product validation methodology

9:30 am In-Depth Case Study: A Practical Approach to Cost Engineering for Electric Components: How Semiconductor Cost Calculation Affects Value Engineering

  • Juergen Betz Cost Management Connectivity & Driver Assistance, Audi


  • Reducing hardware costs to increase functional values for electronic components
  • Moving towards autonomous vehicles: a deep understanding of future devices to find the best semiconductor approach
  • Tackling the challenge to deliver cost calculation for semiconductor and working with Tier-2 and IP Providers to optimise results

10:20 am Networking & Refreshments

11:00 am In-Depth Case Study: How the New Wave of Electric Vehicles has Transformed Traditional Cost Engineering

  • Seongmin Kim Project Cost Manager, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi


• Understanding the cost and value change of an electric vehicle
• How to calculate costs for new software and software development
• Negotiating approaches with suppliers and operating in a new environment when relationships are becoming more short-term

11:40 am In-Depth Focus Session: Rethinking the Way We Standardise Approaches to Calculation Methodology


• Applying a Parametric Approach: identifying the best technical cost solution by determining costs for each commodity
• Having a common interface to facilitate workflow, reduce risks in development, increase volumes for each reference and reduce costs
• Overcoming standardisation in Europe and addressing future challenges

12:20 pm Networking Lunch

1:20 pm In-Depth Case Study: Dealing with Limited Information and Rethinking Negotiation with Suppliers


• How to calculate costs with background knowledge when suppliers do not disclose their database
• Shifting from a commercial to a more technical approach: why cost engineers should not only check and estimate costs, but also provide solutions.
• Dealing with a low volume of product offerings and a shorter relationship with suppliers

1:50 pm Practical Group Problem Solving Discussion: Understanding Development Costs for Software Calculation


• How to calculate costs for new software, software development and understanding the different inputs that affect
• Dealing with decreasing market prices and increasing development costs in electronics: how to stay competitive
• Approaching each software with a unique cost method: why embedded software, security software and entertainment software should have a different method of cost analysis

2:40 pm Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

3:10 pm In-Depth Case Study: Moving From a Cost-Down Strategy to a Cost Optimisation Process: How to be Successful in China & India


• What are the best strategies and concepts to reduce costs
• Shifting to a technical saving process: learning from real-life case-studies
• How to ensure successful cost-down projects with suppliers in India and China

3:50 pm Closing Keynote – The Future: How Autonomous & Electric Vehicles will Impact Cost Engineering


• Looking into the future automotive industry
• Looking at potential cost driver and cost savers for autonomous and electric vehicles
• Comparing data on the cost of electronic components

4:30 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:00 pm End of Conference